De Ferrari, Serafino (Amedeo)
- Francesco Bussi
(b Genoa, May 6, 1824; d Genoa, March 27, 1885). Italian composer, pianist, organist and conductor. He first studied in Genoa with Mario Bevilacqua, Giovanni Serra and M. Sciorati, continuing in Milan with Placido Mandanici; he then appeared in public as a pianist, organist and conductor. In 1852 he was invited to Amsterdam, where he conducted several opera seasons. On his return to Italy he became director of singing at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and later at the Teatro Carignano in Turin. In 1873 he was appointed director of the Civico Istituto di Musica in Genoa, a post he held until his death.
Except for Il matrimonio per concorso (1858), which was hindered by a poor libretto, all De Ferrari’s operas were successful, particularly Pipelet (1855), usually considered his finest, and Il menestrello (1859), which were performed throughout Italy and sometimes abroad. However, these works, elegantly written, charming and melodious, but not highly original, did not maintain their popularity and eventually disappeared from the repertory....